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Orientation to College: A Reader 2nd Edition

Elizabeth Steltenpohl, Jane Shipton, Sharon Villines

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1996
  • 256 Pages


ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE: A READER ON BECOMING AN EDUCATED PERSON offers a rich collection of articles designed to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of a college education, and to explore the opportunities for personal and professional development offered in college. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach-with readings written by experts in a number of different academic fields, government and industry-this text introduces students to the various dimensions of college, the learning process, and the skills they need to succeed in both college and the workplace.

Elizabeth Steltenpohl, SUNY, Empire State College

Elizabeth Steltenpohl earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a Master of Arts with a concentration in Education at the University of Detroit. She began a career in teaching in the Detroit Public Schools. To further her career, she moved to New York and completed a doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. She susequently taught in teacher education programs at Manhattanville College and at Empire State College of the State University of New York. Ms. Steltenpohl developed a special interest in the entry experience of college students. She designed and taught a college entry course for ten years at Empire State College with her colleague Jane Shipton. Ms. Steltenpohl resides in New York City.

Jane Shipton, SUNY, Empire State College

Jane Shipton (d. 1998) held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Arts degree from New York University. After experience in the fields of advertising and broadcasting, she became an administrator of student affairs at Barnard College of Columbia University and later at New York University. In the 1970's she joined the faculty of Empire State College in New York where she was Professor of Community and Human Services. She directed students in degree program planning and,with colleague Elizabeth Steltenpohl, developed and taught an innovative college entry course upon which this book is based.

Sharon Villines, SUNY, Empire State College

Sharon Villines was educated at The Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Illinois, and Union Theological Seminary. As an artist, she understands the ways in which a strong liberal arts background contributes to her work and that of her students. Now Mentor Emeritus from SUNY Empire State College, she writes and coaches artists and others who are developing and changing careers.
  • The Second Edition features new and updated readings.
  • Based on instructor feedback, the Table of Contents has been reorganized.
  • New "Using the Internet" activities lead students to use their technological skills to supplement the information offered in the readings.
  • A rich collection of readings of varied levels of difficulty is designed to introduce students to the various dimensions of college, the learning process and the skills needed to succeed in college and the workplace.
  • Introductions to each reading give students the author's background and key ideas to look for in the material that follows.
  • "Activities and Questions for Reflection" follow each reading.
Introduction: What Is College? Two Essential Goals (Ernest L. Boyer). The Baccalaureate Degree: What Does It Mean? What Should It Mean? (Howard R. Bowen). What Does Society Need from Higher Education? (David R. Pierce). What Does Society Need from Higher Education? (Robert H. Atwell). The Educated Person: A Changing Ideal? (Henry J. Perkinson). Universities and Their Function (Alfred North Whitehead). Summary.
Introduction: Joining the Academic Conversation. The Earthly Use of a Liberal Education (A. Bartlett Giamatti). What Is an Idea? (Wayne C. Booth). The Liberal Studies (Carey W. Brush). The Purposes of a Liberal Education (Henry Rosovsky). Beyond the Machine: Liberal Education for an Information Society (Bruce E. Strasser). Having a Degree and Being Educated (Edmund D. Pellegrino). Summary.
Introduction: The Meaning of Culture. Beyond Tribalism (Laurent A. Daloz). Cultural Literacy (Alan C. Purves). An Educated and Culturally Literate Person Must Study America''s Multicultural Reality (Ronald Takaki). Multicultural Education for Freedom''s Sake (James A. Banks). Diversity, Community, and the University (Joan Wallach Scott). Defining a Global Perspective (Rita Weathersby). Summary.
Introduction: Learning and Self. Erickson''s Eight Stages of Life (David Elkind). Maslow''s Theory of Self-Actualization (Gerald Corey and Marianne Schneider Corey). The Life Structure and Its Development in Adulthood (Daniel Levinson). Life Stages and Learning Interests (Rita Weathersby). Individual Identity Versus Identity Confusion (Barbara M. Newman and Philip R. Newman). Summary.
Introduction: The Discovery of Meaning. Learning and Brain Development (National Research Council). Learning from Everyday Experience (Robert M. Smith). Developmental Foundations of Critical Thinking (Joanne Gainen Kurfiss). Learning to Make Reflective Judgements (Patricia King). Changing Concepts of Learning (Graham Gibbs). Peak Learning: The Flow State (Ronald Gross). Summary.
Introduction: Ways of Learning. Your Preferred Learning Style (Arthur W. Chickering and Nancy K. Schlossberg). Competence in Self-Directed Learning (Malcolm S. Knowles). Exploring Self-Directedness in Learning (Stephen D. Brookfield). The Learning Group (Robert M. Smith). Collaborative Learning (Kenneth A. Bruffee). Team Learning, Dialogue, and Discussion (Peter Senge). Summary.
Introduction: Becoming Employable. Report of the Secretary''s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration). 21st Century Workplace Trends and Their Implications (Joseph H. Boyett). Liberal Education and a New Generation of Corporate Leadership (Michael Useem). Holland''s Theory of Vocational Personalities and Environments (Nancy C. Evans, Deanna S. Forney, and Florence Guido-DiBrito). Liberal Education, Work, and Human Development (Arthur W. Chickering). Summary.

"The chapter on liberal arts education is fabulous! Coming from a liberal arts institution, I find it very challenging to find a book that explains education to students from this perspective."

"The readings are substantive but short; this piques students’ interests without overwhelming them. The collection of readings in each chapter model diverse thought processes instead of advocating one view of an issue. This diversity is essential for moving toward increasingly complex ways of thinking."

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